Palazzo Sforza Cotignola cortileAncient palace belonging to Sforza family. The palace was rebuilt in 1961 according to the original design.

As most of the town centre of Cotignola, also this palace was distroyed during World War II, as fierce fightings were taking place in this area between the end of 1944 and the beginning of 1945.

The home of the Attendoli-Sforza family, originally built in 1376 by Giovanni Attendoli, father of Muzio Attendolo Sforza, was completely destroyed during the front line stoppage between 1944 and 1945, and what can be seen today is a faithful reconstruction from 1961.
The palace, built in 1376 by Giovanni Attendoli, father of Muzio Attendolo Sforza, was declared a National Monument for Art and History in 1892, but this did not save it from destruction.
It was faithfully reconstructed respecting the original harmonious structure in 1961, and some of its original architectural elements, which fortunately remained undamaged after the collapse, have been incorporated in some of its parts. In particular, the terracotta rose window with the Sforza family coat, from which, among other things, the current city emblem was taken, has been relocated above the palace entrance.

In the inner courtyard of the palace, one can still admire the graceful columns of the loggia and various other valuable pieces, such as the funerary stele of Caius Vario.

The palace now hosts art exhibitions, while the upper floor houses the historical archives of the town and the museum Museo Luigi Varoli, dedicated to the local artist.

Useful information

Address: Corso Sforza 21 – 48033 Cotignola (RA)
Phone: 0545 908871

How to get
Historical town centre, in Corso Sforza. Car park and disabled access.

Timetables informations
it can be visited during Museo Varoli opening hours (see link)


(Updated to 13/07/2023)

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